Change of Plans for DC's BATGIRL #43

DC January 2020 solicitations
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DC has informed retailers that the originally-planned story for January 22's Batgirl #43 has been shelved in favor of a new story by the same creative team of writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Cian Tormey. They have revised the solicitation text as follows:

"After the disastrous dust-up with Oracle, Batgirl needs to regroup. But when a power villain's imagination takes the city by storm, she must go once more unto the breach of super-heroism," reads the updated solicit. "THE MAKER has come to Gotham to claim a prize from his past and Batgirl must stop him before she loses herself in the grip of his twisted tales come to life!"

The Maker is apparently someone new to the DCU - not to be confused with Marvel's the Maker (Ultimate Universe's Reed Richards) or Milestone's Maker (a technological device).

Compare that new solicit text to the original, which spoke about Babs' "estranged mother" and a new villain called Opus."After her disastrous dust-up with Oracle, Batgirl needs to regroup. But when Barbara Gordon’s boss sends her to Chicago, she must confront the city’s greatest threat...her estranged mother! Luckily, a dangerous new villain called Opus distracts her from that unhappy reunion by threatening to bury Batgirl in the Windy City—forever!"

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